MILLIONS of Android users across have snagged a host of new features as part of a new software update this week.
Google has packed the long-awaited Android 14 update with a host of fresh features focused on customisation and AI.
Among them is an AI message suggestion generator Magic Compose, greater lock screen options and wallpapers, privacy and security dashboard improvements and a lot more.
Android users will be able to create parallax effect wallpapers using your own photos and even generative AI wallpapers based on text prompts.
Google has also tried to improve battery life by changing how the operating system deals with background tasks, like downloads and updates.
Android 14 also allows users to receive notification flashes across all compatible devices, not just Samsung handsets.
There is also better hearing aid support for deaf folks and those who are hard of hearing.
The new update means Android phones will have a new dedicated hearing aid page to choose which sounds go to your hearing aid, instead of lumping them with other Bluetooth devices.
In terms of security, Google has introduced a new feature that will warn users each month when the apps they share data with have changed their data policies.
When is the new version of Android released?
Google first revealed details about Android 14 in February 2023.
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Initially it was thought that the final version would be available in August.
Google unveiled Android 14 alongside its big Pixel launch event on October 4.
Can I get Android 14 on my phone?
Android 14 availability really depends on the phone maker and how old your smartphone is.
Generally speaking, the newer your device is the better your chances are of a fast arrival.
Manufacturers can take a while to roll out new versions of Android because they have to adapt it to each handset they have – and there are many out there.
As Google owns Pixel and Android, Pixels are usually pretty speedy at receiving new versions.
Samsung is also pretty fast at rolling it out to their recent phones.
Most companies commit to at least three Android upgrades – so if you’ve had Android 11, Android 12 and Android 13 already, your chances aren’t looking great.
However, each company has its own policy so it’s best to check with them.
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